China's new united front work in Hong Kong: Penetrative politics and its implications

Sonny Shiu-Hing LO, Chung Fun Steven HUNG, Jeff Hai-Chi LOO

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Abstract

This book explores the dynamics of China’s new united front work in Hong Kong. Mainland Chinese penetrative politics can be seen in the activities of local pro-Beijing political parties, clans and neighborhood associations, labor unions, women and media organizations, district federations, and some religious groups. However, united front work in the educational and youth sectors of civil society has encountered strong resistance because many Hong Kong people are post-materialistic and uphold their core values of human rights, the rule of law and transparency. China’s new united front work in Hong Kong has been influenced by its domestic turn toward “hard” authoritarianism, making Beijing see Hong Kong’s democratic activists and radicals as political enemies. Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” is drifting toward “one country, two mixed systems” with some degree of convergence. Yet, Taiwan and some foreign countries have seen China’s united front work as politically destabilizing and penetrative. This book will be of use to scholars, journalists, and observers in other countries seeking to reckon with Chinese influence. Copyright © 2019 The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9789811384837
ISBN (Print)9789811384820
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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Bibliographical note

Lo, S. S.-H., Hung, S. C.-F., & Loo, J. H.-C. (2019). China's new united front work in Hong Kong: Penetrative politics and its implications. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.